With the start of the 2017-18 term, 9,400 students are enrolled in Parkland School District.
Their education is provided through the efforts of 633 professional staff, 655 support personnel and 63 administrators.
In late August, the district provided six days of orientation for new staff.
Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented on the purpose for the sessions.
“We set the climate and culture for Parkland for the new school term,” Sniscak said. “This orientation isn’t done in most school districts.”
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, will have a craft fair and quilt show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 14.
The event features crafters set up in rooms throughout the church and quilts displayed over the pews in the sanctuary.
Refreshments and homemade baked goods will be available, in addition to a Chinese auction and raffle.
The crafts are great for gifts and provide a chance to do some holiday shopping.
The quilts are not only beautiful to look at but also are available for purchase.
Call 610-262-8061 for more information.
Dorneyville Pharmacy, serving the public at 3300 Hamilton Blvd. since 1989, is planning to expand upward with a specially equipped lab to comply with governmental regulations.
The pharmacy compounds medications for humans and pets as prescribed by physicians and veterinarians.
Highly regulated by numerous federal agencies, the pharmacy is now directed to provide a hazard lab to prepare cancer chemotherapy medications, hormone prescriptions and some other compounds.
Although the Parkland School District Food Services Department still needs support from the general fund budget, less is required each year.
At a recent meeting, the board approved $200,000 for the food services fund in 2017-18.
Superintendent Richard Sniscak commented.
“They need it to break even,” Sniscak said. “They are doing better. Lunch counts are up and costs are down.”
He recalled a few years ago food services needed $400,000, then the amount decreased to $300,000.
A creative commons will be a notable feature of the new Parkland elementary school planned for Upper Macungie Township.
At a recent school board meeting, Mike Kelly, of KCBA architectural firm, explained the large, flexible open space is conceived for STEAMM activities, including science, technology, engineering, arts, math and medicine.
The glass walled area will be a bright setting for performances, presentations and group studies.
The commons will overlook a secure courtyard, inaccessible to outsiders.
Kelly explained how the outside space will be protected.
South Whitehall commissioners recently awarded a bid of $221,381 to Corrosion Control Corporation for water tank maintenance during the next five years.
The township owns three tanks — the PPL water tower, the Brickyard Road reservoir and the Cedarbrook tank — that require annual upkeep.
Although 75 companies downloaded the bid documents, only one was received and opened.
Jerry Charvala, utilities group leader, commented on the tank maintenance.
“This is imperative for good water quality,” Charvala said. “We are proactive to address any issues with the tanks.”
Attorney John Harrison, hired by South Whitehall to handle issues relating to the Econo Lodge, 1151 Bulldog Drive, provided some information at a recent commissioners’ meeting.
“The Econo Lodge is willingly discontinuing all long-term rentals as of Sept. 18,” Harrison said.
At previous meetings, residents had expressed concern over alleged illegal activities going on at the hotel and on their own streets by individuals residing at the establishment.
Union United Church of Christ, Neffs, will host a basket social on Oct. 4. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Social begins at 7 p.m.
Hot dogs, soda, and baked goods will be available.
Union UCC welcomes children to Sunday School from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Children’s church is a unique program during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
Three-year-olds through sixth graders start out in the sanctuary for the beginning of the service.
As Parkland School District prepared to launch a new school year, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rodney Troutman gave a presentation to the board on goals completed in 2016-17 and objectives for 2017-18.
“We’ve seen great accomplishments across the district,” Troutman said. “We want to create lofty goals that continue to move this district forward.”
Troutman reported last year’s major goal of implementing full-day kindergarten was a great success and resulted in a new instructional aim for this year.
A project begun last year to improve a 1-mile section of Huckleberry Road east of Applewood Drive is now open.
South Whitehall Manager of Public Works Jeff Clapper explained in June the road needed to be repaired but required a lot of preliminary base work.
“This was slowed down drastically because of hitting rock,” Clapper said. “We had 20 inlets to install and a bunch of piping but had to dig through a lot of rock to do it.”
He said the Huckleberry Road improvement was helped by a grant from Lehigh County.